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There is a huge range of resources available for practising maths at home. Some ideas are shared on our blog. There are many factors that influence your choice for learning at home. Would you like a book that explains things? Would you like practice? The first thing you need to know is where your child is in terms of their expected progress. If they are in Year 4 but working above expectation then you need to think how you will support and extend your child. There are lots of ways you can do this; in this article we are considering only workbooks available. I would always recommend speaking to your child’s teacher for advice first but if you would like suggestions for what to get to support at home then here are a few ideas. Have a look at ideas for early learning and if you’re looking for teacher presents we have some ideas too!

CGP offer a range of resources. This book has a summary of the key learning points followed by practice questions. Resources are available for each year group. Consider carefully before stretching a child too far beyond their year group and consider different ways, such as NRICH puzzles, to extend laterally instead.

When it comes to GCSE you need to know what tier (foundation or higher) your son or daughter is doing, and the exam board. Ask the school first to check. There are study books available as well as questions and exam papers. These are all useful but I generally recommend a mixture of online learning, exam papers in Year 11 and a practice book that is a visible recording of work completed.

Phil Beadle’s book is a great read. He is an experienced teacher and has supported a range of schools to improve the educational experience for students and, in turn, their attainment. He is direct, down to earth and has a host of suggestions to draw upon. A straight forward read that is worth looking at.